EUS FNA a real challenge for operators as well as pathologists

Chai Pe Charcha, an interesting session of Asian EUS Congress 2017 was attended by doctors who were educated by eminent experts on Endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration biopsy (EUS FNA) guided biopsy to respective oncologists, present at the event. After this session, the floor was thrown open for the doctors who got a chance to interact with the eminent faculty members

EUS FNA a real challenge for operators as well as pathologists

The session ‘Chai pe Charcha’ on the day one of the Asian EUS Congress 2017 threw light on issues like – what the pathologist expects from Endoscopy Ultra Sound (EUS), are there necessary tools for EUS guided Fine Needle Biopsy (FNB) and so on.

Speaking about this session, Dr Vinay Dhir, the organising secretary of the conference and the Director of Clinical Research and Head of the Endosonography – BIDS (Baldota Institute of Digestive Sciences), Global Hospital, Mumbai.

He said, “Increasing requirement of tissue diagnosis of cancer management and EUS is playing an important role in this regard. Over the years, better needles have become available so that the yield of EUS guided biopsy is more than 90 per cent.”

“Among the fine needle biopsy (FNB) needles, it is the reverse bevel needle (EchoTip ProCore) that has been evaluated most thoroughly. Most needles provide cyto and histology samples. FNB needles need less passes,” he added.

Dr Anita Borges, MD, S.L. Raheja Hospital and SRL COE Histopathology, briefed us on how to help a pathologist in helping you.

She said, “To increase the diagnostic yield, we should provide all clinical and radiological information to the pathologist. Provide the EUS findings, cultivate a good rapport with one group of pathologist’s and ensure constant communication, especially in difficult cases.”